Nikita Fomin Wraps First Season With GW Men's Tennis as No. 100 Singles Player
GW Tabbed No. 4 Squad in Atlantic Region; Fomin, Dias, Zelenkov Ranked in Top 20
June 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's tennis junior transfer Nikita Fomin wrapped his first season in Buff and Blue as the No. 100 singles player in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) final poll of the 2012-13 season.
Additionally, GW closed the year as the No. 4 team in the Atlantic Region, while Fomin was tabbed the No. 12 singles player, followed by sophomore Francisco Dias at No. 13 and rookie Danil Zelenkov at No. 17. The Colonials' No. 2 duo of Fomin and Zelenkov were slated as the No. 10 doubles team in the region.
The Colonials - who capped the season with a No. 73 national ranking for the first time under seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz - posted an overall record of 17-7 and reached the Atlantic 10 Championship title match for the fourth straight season. Earning 17 victories for the second straight year, GW competed through a demanding 24-match schedule that included nine contests against nationally ranked opponents. The Colonials went 4-5 against top-75 competition this spring, earning upset victories over No. 67 Old Dominion, No. 59 Dartmouth, No. 61 South Alabama and No. 60 Georgia State.
A transfer from Stony Brook, Fomin had an impressive 2012 fall season and entered the spring of 2013 with a No. 96 singles ranking to his credit. Throughout the year, Fomin upset four nationally ranked opponents, highlighted by a three-set thriller over No. 28 Max Wennakoski of VCU in the conference championship to force doubles play. The Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection produced a team-best overall record of 24-8 and a dual-match record of 17-6 as the Colonials' No. 1 singles competitor.
Dias entered the 2013 spring season with a No. 76 national singles ranking and posted upset victories over five top-70 opponents throughout the year. He earned a spot on the A-10 All-Conference First Team for the second time in as many seasons after going 19-14 overall and posting an 11-11 record at the No. 2 singles slot this spring.
The Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, Zelenkov posted an overall singles record of 20-8 during his inaugural season as a Colonial. He went 17-4 this spring at the No. 3 singles spot, including a perfect 4-0 against conference competition. He closed his freshman season on a 10-match winning streak and earned victories in 15 of his last 17 bouts.
As a doubles team, Fomin and Zelenkov went 21-7 and earned a dual-match record of 14-5 as GW's No. 2 tandem throughout the spring. The pair capped the season on an eight-match winning streak and helped the Colonials reach the league championship match with victories over Richmond and Charlotte.